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. >> reporter: pope benedict 16 says he will be quitting february 28, less than 8 years into his papacy. he said his strength has deteriorated the last couple months and he noted a lack of strength to fulfill his mission. the senior sa senior advisor sae noticed the pope slowing down. we watched pope john paul ii suffer through the last few years of his papacy. maybe he wanted to avoid that. the former cardinal joseph ratzinger was touched by the charges of child abuse in the catholic church. bill: what happens next on the dates that are aren't? >> reporter: he's leaving february 28, 8:00 p.m. local time in rome. that leaves that very important vacancy and sets up a conclave of cardinals. vatican says by mid-march at the latest. vatican says we should have a new pope by esther sunday march 31. pope benedict will not take part in the conclave. usually a conclave happens after a pope dies. 1415 was the last time a pope quit in office. who is the next pope? he could come from developing areas of the world. it guarantees a lot of drama and a lot of black or white smoke coming from the roof is sistin
for just another money for 1.2 billion catholics across the globe. pope benedict xvi stunned virtually everyone announcing he will step down at the end of the month. in the catholic church, that sets off an elaborate and spiritual effort to fill one of the most prestigious jobs in the world. senior foreign affairs correspondent amy kellogg begins our coverage from rome. >> reporter: even to many insiders the announcement came at a shock. pope benedict said he no longer has the strength to lead the roman catholic church as it needs to be guided and he will step down on february 28. >> he is loved for the church such that he has concluded it will be better not to try to lead the huge flock. without the full strength. we pray for him. we pray for the church. >> i have always admired him as a scholar and priest and holy man. now the admiration for him is higher because of the humility. >> cardinal was the oldest to be chosen as pope. he had a tough act to follow in the wake of global adoration enjoyed by his predecessor, pope john paul ii. he rose to the occasion, travelling abroad, two do
who will become the next pope after pope benedict shocked the catholic church money when he became the first pontiff to resign in a 600 years. the 85-year-old pope cited ill health as the reason for his departure. >> dear brothers, i have convoked you to this. not only for the recanalization but also the communication to the decision of great importance for the life of the church. after having repeatedly examine my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strength, due to advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the ministry. >> catholics around the world expressed shock over the pope's resignation. >> i was shocked because i love the pope. every sunday i come to listen to him and be blessed by him and to shout "long live the pope." but to understand he is only human, unfortunately, it would have been worse tonight if the news had been the pope had died. >> the pope also has the right to get sick. if you stick to the point where he cannot carry out his function, then he should resign. >> the thing is, he is a bit old and wants to rest. it is
church and new pope to be elect ed ined in the concave in the middle of march, and pope benedict resigning and first time in 600 years and enormous story. >> what about you? >> i learned that the last time the pope resigned, mike barnicle was about to get his driver's license. >> 1415 and let me tell you it was hard. >> well, it is like those flintstone cars that mike had to move the feet really fast. >> all right. well, very good, and pitchers and catchers today. this is the day you waited for. >> it looks like it out there. >> it has been a long and cold and lonely winter. >> little darling. we will see what happens. if it is way too early, mike, what time is it? >> well, if it is way too early, it is time for "morning joe" but now it is time for our old pal chuck todd. >> all right. take itway, chuck. >>> big breaking news this morning, pope benedict xvith announces he will step down at the the end of the month citing a lack of strength. the 85-year-old's historic decision makes him the first catholic church leader to leave office in 600 years. we could have a new pope by mid-
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
this morning, pope benedict xvith announces he will step down at the the end of the month citing a lack of im the first catholic church leader to leave office in 600 years. we could have a new pope by mid-march just before easter. if you think e that the iowa caucuses are complicated, wait until you get a load of the college of cardinals. >>> and at home, the president plans to focus on the economy, but what makes this speech different from most years? it has much more the do with what happens in next six week thans the next year. >>> and the family of joe paterno say nas the investigation has flaws on the original report of the sexual abuse scandal and this morning we will talk to one of the authors of the report attorney dick thornburg. from washington, it is february, 11, 2013, and we will go the rome for pope benedict's historic announce ment. let me begin with the first read, and with the focus of gun violence in an inaugural address that laid out the case of progressive values and the push for a transformative next four years, president obama will pivot back to the economy in the state
>>> benedict xvi becomes the first pope to abdicate in 700 years. >> his final day begins with a meeting with the cardinals who lined up one by one to say their personal good-byes. as the pope pledged unconditional obedience to his successor. >> we catholics call him our holy father. he is like the papa, the daddy of the family, and to see this gentle, learned, lovely holy man, to see him very fragile, to see him having made what i consider to be a remarkably humble and courageous decision, it was very moving. it was a very tender movement. >> pope benedict then left the vatican by helicopter to begin his retirement at castle gondolpho where emrerjed a while ago to greet well wishers who have gathered in the paizza. piazza. the papal summer retreat will be benedict's temporary residence. he will be watching from the sidelines as the cardinals begin the task of choosing a new leader for the catholic church. also in rome today secretary of state john kerry meeting for the first time with syrian rebel leaders to announce a major shift in u.s. policy, but is it enough? for the
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
: see you tomorrow. bill: it is a day of history truly. in less than two hours pope benedict xvi departs the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefuln
. soaking in the cheers, benedict rode in his popemobile, waving, kissing babies. and when he rose to speak, an ovation. it was a frail man today, a marked difference from the day he began his papacy. known as god's rottweiler, he's been a leader bent on defending the traditions of the church in a modern world. but his papacy would be tested by the pain and deceit of the church's sex abuse scandal. today, he spoke of joy and sadness. days of sun and light breezes, when the fishing was abundant. but there were times when the waters were choppy and there were headwinds. times, when he said, it looked as if the lord was sleeping. among those listening, the cardinals. those who will decide benedict's successor. i spoke with cardinal donald wuerl of washington. how about the chances of an american? cardinal dolan, o'malley of boston? >> i think the conventional wisdom, which i think is correct, is a pope from the superpower would probably have a lot going against him, when he's trying to present a spiritual message to the rest of the world. >> reporter: tomorrow night, benedict will no longer be
message from the pope as 150,000 people packed st. peter's square to witness history before pope benedict steps down tomorrow. >>> tackling gun violence. the father of a sandy hook victim. >> it's hard to be here to talk about my son, but i have to. i'm his voice. i'm not here for the sympathy and a pat on the back as many people stated down in newtown. i'm here to speak up for my son. >>> at the pentagon, chuck hagel finally takes over as defense chief. >> i will do everything in my power to be the kind of leader that you expect and you deserve. also, the kind of leader the country expects and deserves. >>> john kerry takes paris. [ speaking foreign language ] >> not bad at all. good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington in english today. the historic voting rights act could be in danger as a number of supreme court justices overturned the 1965 law. nbcs justice correspondent pete williams joins me now from the supreme court. pete, from the arguments today, what is your impression of what way the court might be moving? >> well, you know, the court didn't come with a blank slate. four ye
>> we're back with one last look at vatican city. that is where pope benedict 16 is wrapping up an emotional final address. a short time ago he told pilgrims from all across the globe that to love the church means also to have the courage to make difficult, painful decisions always keeping the good of the church in mind, not one's self-. >> he went on to say while he faced joy he also had difficult moments stkaourg his leadership. and he said he will continue to serve the church through prayer. the pontiff thanked all for respecting his decision to retire. he is the first pope in 600 years to do so. >> i'm deeply grateful for understanding, support and prayers of many of you from those at home and around. the decision i have made in god's will and deep love of church. >> pope benedict xvi asked for special prayers for the cardinals and whomever they choose to be his successor. he will officially enter retirement tomorrow. that will do it for us. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning. it's wednesday. it's february 27, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. i hope you're going to
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to the vaticanyou. where pope benedict is set to resign this coming thursday. cardinals from around the worldenedi have started to arrive in rome to elect the successor.d the tonight as allen pizzey reports,n there are new hints of scandal clouding the pope's final few days.l >> reporter: in a final address to the vatican bureaucracy today, benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the papacy. just how heavy the weight is has been highlighted over the past the week. ju the italian media has been pa riddled with eyebrow-raising stories of alleged scandals,n r including the existence of a gay ey lobby of homosexual priestsst within the church hierarchy. that may be an exaggeration, but a vatican official was fired because of a homosexual liaisonas in 2007 and another in 2010. the latest stories to offend then vatican are centered on an investigation by three cardinals. into the so-called vati-leaks b scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing documents. va today, the vatican issued ahe blast: the main concern seems to be the ef
three days left in his papacy, the vatican wanted the spotlight to be on pope benedict. instead the world is seeing the darker side of the church, the in-fighting and scandals that today claimed britain's highest-ranking catholic. for scotland's cardinal o'brien, the end came with astonishing swiftness. today o'brien resigned and said he will not attend the conclave to elect a new pope. the first cardinal in history to stay away, because of a personal scandal. sunday, a british newspaper published accusations by three priests and a former priest that o'brien engaged in inappropriate behavior with them, going back to the 1980s. >> holy father accepted the resignation -- >> reporter: 24 hours later, pope benedict accepted o'brien's resignation as archbishop of saint andrews and he had en boro. >> the catholic church is in quite a bit of turmoil. >> reporter: o'brien denied the claims and said in a statement today, for any failures, i apologize to all whom i've offended. >> the one that handed me over to you -- >> reporter: just last week, o'brien spoke out about the american cardi
to be with you. >> axelrod: now to the vatican where pope benedict is set to resign this coming thursday. cardinals from around the world have started to arrive in rome to elect the successor. there are new hint of scandal clowgd the pope's final few days. >> reporter: in a final address to the vatican bureaucracy today benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the papacy. just how heavy the weight is has been highlightedded over the past week. italian media has been riddled with eyebrow-raising stories of potential scandals. that may be an exaggerate but a vatican official was fired because of a homosexual liaison in 2007 and another in 2010. the latest investigations are by three cardinals into the so-called vati-babies scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing documents. the main concern seems to be the effect the news cooch on the cardinals when they swer the conclave to choose the next post. >> the personal we might choose will be assuming increasingly heavy responsibility. >> reporter: benedict remains busy w
benedict as trying to have a big impact on the election because i really think that of the people who are possible to take on this role, there's very little difference on them -- among them on policy, on what would come next, on, as you said, things like cont contracepti contraception, order nation of women. all the people on the running would be quite orthodox leading the orthodox catholic church, so i really don't think that he's going to get very involved in -- >> you are so pessimistic here. i want to go to e.j. now because there's two good things that can happen. i'm a progressive on catholics issues and all kinds of issues. you are, too, e.j. i think melinda is too. we get a guy like scala who turns out to be more liberal than the pope things and second, some way out candidate we never heard of perhaps from italy, that's where the liberals come from, comes forth and offers himself up and we pull a big surprise because scala can't put it together. >> let's stipulate we would probably pick a nun. >> i spent a lot of time last week with my late aunt agnes' friends in the convent. i
raising an enormous number of questions today. pope benedict today becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to announce retirement. ahead, what is behind this move? what does it mean for the church and what about the near constant speculation that the time may be near for the first american pope? and he may be one of the greatest heroes of our time and we're finally hearing his side of the story. we will bring you the first interview with the man who fired the shot that killed usama bin laden. >> tonight, i can report to the american people and to the world the united states has conducted an operation that killed usama bin laden the leader of al-qaeda, a terrorist responsible for the murder of thousands of men, women and children. puts all the things we love about sunday meals into each of her pot pies. like tender white meat chicken and vegetables in a golden flaky crust that's made from scratch. marie callender's pot pies. it's time to savor. >> we're back now to the developing manhunt for an ex-lapd officer turned triple murder suspect. christopher dorner is considered armed and extreme
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could be furloughed if those cuts do come down. >> on pope benedict's final week as a member of the catholic church, a string of child sex abuse cases emerge. cardinal roger mahoney of los angeles will be part of the conclave despite damming new revelations about his handling of pedophile priests. then there was yesterday's stunning resignation of a uk leading catholic cleric, archbishop keith o'brien amid accusations of boys studying to be priests, a claim he denied despite stepping down. pep benedict's last day is thursday. he's the first pope to resign in some six centuries. >>> this year's cpac is giving new jersey governor a potential 2016 presidential contender chris christie the cold shoulder. a source close to the conservative political action conference, this is an annual meeting where republicans get together and talk about conservative issues, organizers did not invite christie to the event which is set to happen next month near washington, d.c. one likely reason, christie's praise for president obama's response to superstorm sandy which some say swung the election
benedict is number one on everyone's list. today he delivered his weekly prayer from his balcony just as he has for nearly eight years but this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit on ash wednesday turned church goers into paparazzi. the solemn season of lent in vatican city is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town, benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets, says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will now have two living popes. >> there are lots of stories -- >> reporter: author george weigel is an nbc analyst. >> technically there are not two popes. he ceases to be pope at 8:00 p.m. february 28th. there has never been a bishop of rome for 1700 years. i think he will make that work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> reporter: in meeting with rome's priests benedict said once he steps down he will remain hidden from the home and will live in this renovated monastery and c
have spoken to feels that the curia has really done a disservice to pope benedict xvi, and i think what was clear in that washington post article is that his butler gave those documents over to the investigative reporter here in italy not as a way to hurt pope benedict but, rather, to show all the infighting and betrayal that goes -- that has gone on in the curia and that was an impediment to the reforms that benedict tried to put in place. the big focus of his papacy has been the re-evangilization to get catholics particularly in western europe and in north america excited again about their faith. to say anything that the next pope needs to clean house -- >> it's a communication strategy, something this pope hasn't had. andrea. >> ann thompson. >> for the tenth anniversary of the iraq war. it's been a decade, and tonight msnbc is air this documentary -- in this excerpt prosecute the film congress votes to give president bush the authority to launch a war against iraq when his secretary of state colin powell has the doubts on that war. >> joint resolution is passed. without objection --
that there could be an american pope. is that a long shot? >> no, it's not. the field is wide open. pope benedict xvi said when he resigned there are pressing questions, urgent questions and the united states is taking it up. i believe that's pretty possible. >> when you talk about americans, certainly cardinal o'malley of boston because he is seen as someone who has cleaned house from the sex abuse scandal, do you think the new pope must be a reformer must have a record of reform when it comes to the sex abuse scandal? >> the sex abuse scandal was a terrible scourge on the church and on the world and certainly we need a leader who will continue to uncover the sexual scandals, deal with them effectively, and remove those who have caused these scandals. certainly someone like cardinal o'malley who has dealt with the crisis in boston head on is needed to take the church forward for the good of the church and the good of the world. >> hue much political trading takes place with this in the way they reach a decision until you have to bring factions together and trade bac
to turn to the headlines coming in right now on the pope. we just learned that benedict will be called emeritus pope and will wear white after he steps down next week. his retirement this week is being clouded by scandal, as there are more calls to stop an american cardinal from participating in the election of the next pope. abc's david wright is in rome right now with the very latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. the process to replace pope benedict is now on the fast track. we've also just learned that the deacon of the college of cardinals will summon the cardinals on friday to their first meeting, which will take place on monday, march 4th. never before has the cardinal given the conclave amidst a scandal. and that raises the pressure for the other cardinals tainted by scandal, among them, roger mahoney, who for years, covered up for pedophile priests. for 24 hours, britain's cardinal keith o'brien has holed up in this home in scotland. >> the holy father accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. >> reporter: on sunday, a british newspaper reporte
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led to the stunning retirement of pope benedict. we're live from the vatican, what is going to happen with the first pope to step down from 600 years. if skydiving makes you squeamish, and wait until you hear about this man's experience, his chute malfunctioned and he fell 13,000 feet while unconscious, we've got the amazing story. yes, he survived. >> we have some terrifying new video to show you that captures the heart stopping moment when a california sky diver realized there was a problem with his parachute. there was a problem high above the earth, and caused the man to black out 13,000 feet above. and trace gallagher, i'm nervously thinking about it. >> reporter: he had been skydiving for two years and this was his 30th freefall and document today document the thing with a go-pro video camera, right, and jumpings out of the plane and exhilarated you can see that he's very excited when he begins this freefall. and he's at 13,000 feet, right? you can hear him screaming and then, he suddenly gets a jolt. and the parachute opened up and you can hear him later kind of talking outlo
benedict xvi saying goodbye to cardinals before going off to retirement. he said he would pray for them as they choose his successor. about 11 a.m. eastern time benedict will fly to the papal retreat. he becomes the first pope in nearly 600 years to retire. >> very sad news, a tv news anchor woman is -- no, good news. safe at home. at 5 a.m. she was still missing. after a safe missing person scare, family members of paula lopez contacted police when they couldn't get in touch with her and became increasingly concerned. it is believed they found her later that night. she works at the station keyt in santa barbara, california. >> he jeopardized men and women fighting overseas. in a few hours he will break had i silence on why he did. he's going to tell a judge it was to spark a debate on our military policy. he is facing 22 charges including aiding the enemy and could receive life behind bars. >> remember that las vegas bash held by the g.s.a. that cost you more than $800,000? it was only the tip of the iceberg. a congressional report shows taxpayers paid $340 million for nearly 900 confe
benedict resigned. the daily paper says an internal report uncovered an underground gay network at the vatican much more could come from the paper. the newspaper says this is just the first in a series of reports. nbc's claudio lavania is here for us. what more did they disclose in this report? >> reporter: well, tamron, it is certainly well respected here in italy. the first or second biggest newspaper here in italy and usually good sources. well, what this paper is saying is that in that report, 300-page report of the internal vatican inquiry in to the scandal was so disturbing that pope benedict xvi decided to leave there and then and two months before the official abdication. it contained details about the inside of the vatican and lobbies that were -- it was power clashes of the lobbies that broke two, as a matter of fact, of the ten commandments. the first one, commandment number 6. thou shall not steal. that's a reference to the vatican bank accused of money laundering. well, also broke according to the report commandment number 7, thou shall not commit adultery. also tho
details if you may. we have learned today that the pope benedict xvi addressed when he retires inside vatican walls as pope emeritus his holiness benedict xvi and wearing white but not a cape and not the famous red shoes that are typical of all popes. what it looks like, this has raised a few eyebrows because when he comes back here, two people addressed at holiness and you have to look down and watch out for the red shoes. tamron? >> thank you very much. greatly appreciate it. >>> and digging out from a record setting blizzard tops the look at news around the "news nation" today. at least three people killed in snow-related accidents. hurricane force winds in texas and snow drifts up to seven feet high. the snowfall broke the 100-year-old record in wichita, kansas. more than 100,000 customers are without power. >>> and new data shows the housing market recovering is accelerating, recovery is accelerating. new home sales in the u.s. jumped to the highest level in 4 1/2 years. experts say steady job creation and new record low mortgage rates are motivating people to buy homes. >>> and
benedict xvi steps down. two italian papers say the reason he's leaving has nothing to do with his health and much more so to do with his explosive 300 page report. among the allegations here, secrets about a network of gay priests blackmailed by a group of male prostitutes. but, the vatican says the contents of this report will, as they say, remain for the pope's eyes only. >> the holy father has decided that the acts of this investigation known only to himself remain solely at the disposition of the new pope. >> and as you can imagine, the fallout is going global. today, one of the uk's highest ranking catholic leaders resigned as he's dogged by accusations of sexual abuse. i want to go straight to christiane amanpour, live tonight in rome. tell me what exactly is cardinal keith o'brien accused of and what does his resignation thus mean for the vote for the next pope? >> reporter: well, look, brooke, here we are standing in front of st. peter's, right there, the heart of the vatican. as you say, they are in damage control and they really did not expect that the last few days of the pope
, chuck. now to the drama surrounding pope benedict. as they find his successor, the pope himself will not be playing a role. chris jan sising is live for us rome. >> there was a lot of speculation since we haven't had this happen since the middle ages. what would be the impact of having a living pope when a new hope was being chosen. the vatican heard that and premature criticisms. they did say that the pope plans to have nothing to do and exert no influence over the choice of the next pope. here's what we know about what the pope's schedule looks like. he will tomorrow have his regular wednesday audience. the first chance for the public to see him since he made the shocking decision to advocate. once he retires on the 28th, at the end of this month, he plans to go to casa gandolfo and come back to the vatican to what used to be a monstastery and go into quiet retirement. each though the top aides to the pope have known for months this would happen, they are just starting to have formal contact with cardinals who didn't know anything about this until he made his decision. a lot o
billion followers. pope benedict speaking in the public for is last time before leader of catholic church before he resigns. he will go into at the including. he said goodbye to a crowd of 150,000 who jammed into st. peter's square, many who waited for hours. he will be the first pope in nearly 600 years to step down from the position. today he asked the faithful to pray for whichever cardinal takes his place. >> in faith and health through god for the rest of our lives and.... >> shep: the next pope could be any of the cardinals including cardinal dolan who arrived in rome, but observers say he is quite a long shot. jonathan hunt is live at st. patrick's cathedral. what else did the pope have to say? >> it was unusually personal speech. he is a pope that is known more for his professor yal style. he appeared to be happy, enjoying a victory lap around the vatican saying goodbye to many of those who turned up. he talked about the joy he had felt being pope but at the same time he also appeared to be relieved to be stepping down. listen. >> deeply grateful for the understanding and support
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